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Pennsylvania CBD Program

Updated on April 26, 2020.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a substance found in the cannabis plant. While it is not psychoactive, it may have therapeutic properties.

The 2018 Farm Bill classified CBD derived from hemp — as opposed to marijuana, which contains mood-altering THC — as an agricultural commodity. Millions of patients across the nation can legally use this substance to treat their medical complications.

If you’re a resident of Pennsylvania, you may be wondering what separates CBD from traditional medical marijuana products, and how Pennsylvania weed laws apply to CBD products. Read on to discover the answers you need before getting started on a new treatment plan.

Do I Have to Be a Patient to Access CBD?

Without the legal limitations placed on other cannabis products, you’ll find it stress-free to acquire CBD in Pennsylvania whenever necessary. You do not have to enroll in the state’s medical marijuana program, and you don’t need to consult with a doctor before retrieving this substance. However, as is the case when starting any new medication, it’s suggested that you consult with a physician first.

Throughout the state, you’ll find many different retail stores and vendors that carry CBD products. Feel free to visit these stores in person to browse through the eclectic variety of products available for purchase. Many facilities have team members on site to provide you with guidance and advice.

CBD Laws Differ from Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program

While hemp-derived CBD products can be found at stores selling dietary supplements, those derived from cannabis are subject to the commonwealth’s marijuana laws and require a doctor’s prescription.

What’s the difference? Cannabidiol, or CBD, does not contain THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid that may be present in medical marijuana products. While CBD products can have small trace amounts of THC, it’s often not enough to produce a “high” feeling in patients in the same way that other cannabis products can.

Any patient seeking access to THC-containing substances or other cannabis products has to enroll in the state’s medical marijuana program and demonstrate that he or she has a health condition that would be relieved by medical cannabis. However, CBD oil can be purchased without enrolling in the state’s medical marijuana program — making it a more widely accessible option for most patients.

If you’re interested in learning more about CBD and medical marijuana, we invite you to use our online resources and visit our blog for more details. We cover the latest news in the industry, provide resources that connect you to the right professionals and more. Get started by browsing our resources today!